Fishing Articles — Ice Fishing

Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

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Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

Walk, don’t run. When a tip-up flag pops up over early ice, running over a big pike can make them drop the bait. When a pike decides to takes a big sucker, it isn’t likely to let go unless alarmed. Eyes should be focused on the spindle atop the shaft. Spinning? Yes. A pike has the sucker and is taking it for a ride. The tip-up is lifted carefully, placed gently, line brought in slowly. Pressure. Stand up and pull. It pulls back, hooks on the homemade quick-strike rig worrying home. Another pike circles us under 5 inches of clear,...

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Tip Ups Tactics for Pike by Mike Gnatkowski

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Tip Ups Tactics for Pike by Mike Gnatkowski

Like all forms of fishing these days, technological advancements has changed the way anglers fish with tip-ups for pike. In its simplest form, tip-up fishing for pike meant using rudimentary tip-ups with wooden cross members and spools filled with thick, black Dacron line. Anglers used a spud to chop holes and once the tip-ups were set, waited for a pike to hopefully cruise by. Tip-ups could be found at garage sales for a buck or two and were unceremoniously tossed in a five-gallon bucket at the end of the season. Today, tip-ups are made from high-tech materials that make them...

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Perch the Bay Way by Robert Gwizdz

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Perch the Bay Way by Robert Gwizdz

Jake Stanton did not mince any words as we met for the first time in anticipation of ice fishing for perch on Saginaw Bay. “We’re going to fish like barbarians,” he said. He handed me a pole. It was a simple jigging stick, made of a short length of cane, with a couple of pegs to serve as line holders. No reel, just a stick with a small eye on the end, outfitted with a six-pound test, high-visibility monofilament line and a small single-hook spoon with a plastic bead covering the bend in the shank. “I was told that once...

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Hardwater Kings by Josh Choronzey

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Hardwater Kings by Josh Choronzey

The external temperature gauge on my Dodge was reading -20C (-4F), while we were parked along the shoreline of Owen Sound Bay.  Two hours had to pass before the sun would peek its burning face above the frozen horizon to the east. Ice had finally arrived in our end of Georgian Bay. According to satellite imagery, record-breaking cold temps of the week before had locked up a massive chunk of Lake Huron for dozens of miles.  Safe ice wasn’t an issue; the locals knew what was going on and another truck was parked beside us contemplating the pre-dawn walk out to...

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